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Why you should never go mountain biking alone

Mountain biker Josh Lewis had a lucky escape when things went wrong on the trails and he ended up with 14 stitches in his, um… well, you know the meat and two veg? We’re talking about the meat. 

How’s that lucky? Well, it could have been much worse. At least Josh wasn’t heading to hospital with Little Josh packed away in a water bottle awaiting reattachment.

The crash actually looks fairly innocuous – the sort that every mountain biker has had and walked away from quite happily. The wound caused by landing on the handlebar, on the other hand, looks… harrowing. 

Don’t press ‘play’ if you’re just about to eat or go to sleep. You have been warned. 

Josh might be walking funny for a while - and indeed he was walking funny on the way to A&E - but every scar tells a story, and it'll be an interesting one.

Oh my gnarliness!

Mat has in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.